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Published October 02, 2011, 10:34 AM

Flood victim living in U-haul frustrated with lack of help from FEMA

(WDAY TV) - A Minot flood victim is living in a U-haul, frustrated about the lack of help from FEMA. She lost her home to that record flood, and then medical complications forced her out of shelters. Reporter Jennifer Thorgramson has the story.

By: Jennifer Thorgramson, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - A Minot flood victim is living in a U-haul, frustrated about the lack of help from FEMA. She lost her home to that record flood, and then medical complications forced her out of shelters. Reporter Jennifer Thorgramson has the story.

In the three-and-a-half months since the 2011 Mouse River flood, many have been rebuilding their future and some are struggling to stay afloat.

Linda Stence - Flood Survivor: "I wanted the community to see what is happening to people that are not talked about. I did not get much money. I am homeless. I was a very good person in the community. I paid my bills every month for many years. I have never had anything bad in my life. I've always been a good citizen. I'm 60 years old and this is what is happening to me."

Linda rented a home along 2nd Avenue. It was one of the areas hit early on in the flood. She began at the shelter. First the auditorium, then the Dome, then the Cameron Center. But her medical conditions complicated her stay.

The Cameron Center in particular is not handicap accessible. Linda says that the Uhaul truck was her last resort.

Linda Stence - Flood Survivor: "It was really cold last night for me. I was really cold. The floor is kind of hard but I'm grateful to have a place to stay that was safe. My dog cuddled up next to me and took care of me."

Hotels have been hit or miss for Linda because she was renting. When she left the shelter, she was removed from her "first served" spot the FEMA housing list. Linda, like many, is just looking for answers.

Linda Stence - Flood Survivor: "I went with the conception that, okay, this is like a father figure, I can just hand them everything I have and they can help me out. No! You have to know exactly what they have to every little detail and argue for it."

Linda Stence - Flood Survivor: "I've been going from hotel to shelter to hotel to truck to sleep in, to use. They've told me four times that I would have my trailer. So I was hoping that was true. I was called and told, no, it will be another three weeks."

Linda Stence - Flood Survivor: "There are a lot more people out there like me that really need help. They're not getting anything. They didn't have homes. They rented. Or they're poor. They've lost their jobs. They've lost everything and they need help."

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